COLUMNIST • BRAND MAKER • GLOBETROTTER
Azline was born in Chicago, IL, and raised in Waterloo, IA. She became a Gates Millennium Scholar in 2009 and attended Spelman College, graduating cum laude, and majoring in International Studies. Azline curated her love for French culture through her high school language classes and a class trip to France. This experience opened the world for Azline and influenced her cosmopolitan mindset. Seeking further exposure to the international community, Azline studied abroad in Fort-de-France, Martinique, and Geneva, Switzerland to expand her knowledge of French culture and francophone civilization. Subsequently, she developed an interest in tourism and business development as an avenue to explore the intersection of emerging markets, economics, and consumer travel demand.
Over the past decade, Azline has nurtured her passion for mentorship and advocacy for educational opportunities in underserved communities; her humble beginnings are the driving force behind her ambition. Azline is a mentor and motivational speaker for the Classic Upward Bound program, leading workshops for first-generation students applying to college. She currently serves as a student mentor for high school students at the International Girls Academy.
Over the years, Azline started her journey as a writer and began communicating her life experiences with other. She became a global correspondent for the Soultown Magazine in 2018 to share her international traveling experiences with others. Most recently, she started a monthly column, sponsored by Poets and Quants, that discussed her MBA journey and shares best practices to maximize opportunities within the business school ecosystem.
As a graduate student at the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute, Azline is excited to refine her global leadership attributes. She is passionate about business development and entrepreneurship in Africa. Azline is the Chief Marketer for ANIMA IRIS, an elevated, modern, and sustainable luxury handbag company based in Dakar, Senegal. She develops the marketing and advertising initiatives and manages the fundraising strategy to support growth and operational expansion.
Azline is involved in the Wharton Africa Investment Partners (WAIP) program that focuses on completing due diligence, go-to-market strategies, and other consulting projects for African companies. She serves as the Director of Communications and manages the digital newsletter and promotes awareness for African culture and original content. Azline’s long-term goal is to become well-versed in building a global market strategy in emerging markets across Africa.
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